Director Brett Ratner attends the 24th Annual Glaad Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. (March 17, 2013)

Director Brett Ratner attends the 24th Annual Glaad Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. (March 17, 2013)

*After being stalled in early development for a minute, production on Brett Ratner’s “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” began last week with Dwayne Johnson in the lead role.

Paramount Pictures has slated an August 8, 2014 release for the film, which centers on the tormented son of Zeus. The story picks up after Hercules endures the 12 labors that made him legendary, yet disillusioned with the gods.

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“Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary,” the studio describes. “Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.”

Below, Johnson talks about the tone Ratner is going for with this retelling: